Updated: Feb 7
The Philippines is a beautiful country known for its pristine beaches, lush forests, and vibrant culture. It is also home to a number of fantastic yoga destinations, where visitors can practice in peace and serenity surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty.
Boracay Island is a Yogi's Fantasy
Boracay Island - This tiny island is a popular tourist destination known for its white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. It is also home to several yoga studios and retreat centers, where visitors can practice yoga surrounded by the island’s stunning scenery.
One of the top-rated yoga schools in Boracay is Boracay Yoga, where our friend Simone who's living in Boracay since 2003 teaches many weekly classes near Bulabog Beach. If you're planning to stay elsewhere you could choose between many of the studios on Boracay Island.
Surfing and Yoga in Siargao
Siargao Island - This surfer's paradise in the northeastern part of the country is also a great destination for yoga enthusiasts. With its pristine beaches and lush tropical forests, visitors can practice yoga in peace and serenity while taking in the island’s breathtaking beauty.
As Siargao has been a mecca for many young and cool surfers who lead a sporty life and advocate healthy living (at least between parties), yoga is booming in Siargao over the past few years. I can't really pinpoint which is the best studio there, but as far as I know, there's not really one yoga studio, but rather many resorts that offer high-quality yoga classes like Kermit or Bravo resorts. Siargao is definitely a destination for you to visit if you're into yoga, surfing, and a cool surfer vibe.
El Nido is definitely a Yoga Destination
Palawan Island - Known as the "last ecological frontier" of the Philippines, Palawan Island is a must-visit for nature lovers. The island is home to a number of yoga studios and retreat centers, where visitors can practice yoga in the midst of the island’s stunning forests and beaches. However, I'd like to put an emphasis on El Nido, as this is the most beautiful destination in Palawan.
Our favorite is Namaste Yoga Studio in Marimegmeg beach. It's a beautiful and quiet tropical studio with a wooden floor (that I wish I had) and a cozy atmosphere. Even though it's the only proper yoga studio in El Nido, the level there is really great and the schedule is very convenient. I advise you to contact Namaste Yoga in El Nido prior to your desired class in order to secure your spot.
Bohol is an Up and Coming Yoga Destination in the Philippines
Bohol, a beautiful island located in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines, is known for its stunning beaches, lush tropical forests, and diverse wildlife. The island is a popular tourist destination and has a thriving wellness and yoga community - and I'm not writing it solely because my yoga shala is there. It's because there are several yoga studios and retreat centers in Bohol, offering a range of classes and styles to suit different preferences and great accommodation options for your yoga-oriented holiday.
Our yoga studio, Jing Yoga, is offering a wide variety of yoga classes in the heart of Panglao. However, we also recommend that you'll visit Loboc River where you can do SUP yoga in an amazing resort called the Fox and the Firefly, or even go to a quiet yoga retreat in Anda (as of the moment of the publishing of this article, my friend Paul, a dutch national and an accomplished yoga teacher is teaching yoga in a resort called Island View).
Whether you are an experienced practitioner or a beginner, you are sure to find a yoga class or retreat center in Bohol that suits your needs. So, if you're looking for a yoga destination that offers peace, tranquility, and stunning natural beauty, Bohol is definitely worth considering.
In conclusion, the Philippines offers a wide range of yoga destinations, each with its own unique charm and beauty. Whether you live in the Philippines and wish to practice yoga on your next domestic vacation, planning to visit the Philippines for the first time, or even planning on a tropical yoga retreat, I truly believe that the Philippines is for you, and will become even more popular among yoga practitioners very, very soon.